My First Podcast Interview on The Rachel Love Show

 

The Rachel Love ShowI gave my first radio podcast interview on Thursday last week about how I turned my passion for music into my dream job and am finally living an authentic life at age 49 (although I wasn’t supposed to discuss age!) on The Rachel Love Show on A2Zen.fm with authors and radio hosts Rachel Love and Dianna Bellerose and thought that you might enjoy listening, as it’s an opportunity for you to get to know me better, so here’s the link:

http://podroom.a2zen.fm/podcasts/the-rachel-love-show/the-new-rachel-love-show-5#.UgQzhdK1GSo

A big thank you again to Rachel & Dianna for asking me to do the interview. I had fun, we had some laughs and I’m happy with how I came across! 

 

Christine Bode of Scully Love Promo on The Rachel Love Show: Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Rachel Love ShowI’m very pleased to have been asked to be interviewed on The Rachel Love Show, an online podcast on Thursdays at 4:00 pm EST that features topics such as education, self-help, health, spirituality, entertainment and more.

I will be appearing live on Thursday, August 8th at 4:00 pm for my very first podcast ever and will be interviewed by Rev. Rachel LoveGhost Whisperer / Medium / Intuitive, Transition Coach & Associate Minister – Intuitive Instructor, Sacred Hoop Center and Founder of Goddess Love, Rachel Love’s School of Intuitive Intelligence, as well as Dianna Bellerose who is an author, motivational speaker, radio host and women’s advocate. I’m a little nervous but I understand from testimonials from other women who’ve appeared on Rachel’s show that it’s more like having a conversation than an interview. So bear with me if I choke at all!  I’m quite good on the phone so I hope I’ll be as good in a live podcast.

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What Many Musicians Don’t Realize About Social Media Marketing

Galway Street MusicianI’ve been working as a social media manager for musicians under the business name Scully Love Promo for almost seven years and I absolutely love working with them because music has always been a great passion of mine.  I’ve worked with everyone from local musicians who create music as a hobby to Juno and Grammy winning artists.  Over the years I’ve morphed from super fan girl who listened to music constantly in my spare time into a self-employed person who doesn’t have a lot of time left at the end of the day to actually discover or listen to new music online, let alone the artists I’m already a fan of. So I suspect that most people’s computer time is also extremely limited and therefore it’s extremely important that as a musician with an online presence, you don’t take your audience for granted.

Social media has completely changed the life of working musicians and has forced them to get on board with it whether they like it or not.  Most independent touring musicians don’t have time to write new music, record, produce, market and tour it themselves without a team of individuals in place to help them.  They need a manager or booking agent, a publicist, a grant writer, a social media manager…you get the picture.  It takes a village to create a successful touring musician!

Social media has also completely demolished the barrier that used to exist between an artist and their fans.  It used to be that all they had to do was make records, give interviews to the press and perform live in concert, while their agents or labels took care of their marketing. Not anymore.  The music industry has changed drastically, and now most artists have to do everything for themselves and the most important thing that needs to be addressed is the relationship they have with their fans.  Without fans, they have nothing.

I’m sure most of us have LIKED the Facebook page of at least a few musicians, singers or bands since we’ve been on Facebook and some of us have liked hundreds if not thousands of them. If you actually want to Ann Vriend Singer-SongwriterSEE the posts from your favourite artist’s Facebook page, as soon as you LIKE it, click on Get Notifications and add that page to an Interest list. You can call the list whatever you like but it will help you to filter your News Feed so that you’ll see those pages’ posts that you’re interested in when you’re ready to look.

Most musicians that I work with are wonderful at posting their own content regularly on their Facebook page and they even know how important it is to post different kinds of content, including lots of photos, videos, text-based updates, questions, links, events, etc.  Many of them are very good at having conversations with their fans and answer their comments and emails in a timely fashion.  However, quite a few aren’t so good at it. Some don’t even really want to look at their Facebook pages, or their YouTube inboxes, nor give a damn about how Twitter really works, even though they know they’re important marketing tools and that having a lot of likes, followers and views (which translates to fans) is important.  They think having a social media manager to take care of their sites for them should be enough, but it’s not. There is no substitute that is acceptable to the fans of that artist.  They want to communicate directly with the artist!  The social media manager should be there to help them post content in a timely fashion, let them know when they have messages and comments, organize lists, run ad campaigns, delete spam, monitor analytics, etc., but they should not be the ones talking to the fans.

When it comes to social media marketing, I’ve found that many musicians that I’ve worked with who have been around for a while fail to understand the need for or importance of not only being consistent and posting regularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but also sharing other people’s content.  They think their social media marketing should be all about them, and that’s just not the case.  We’re all here to help each other and the more that musicians show their generosity of spirit by allowing their fans to know about who they like and support by sharing their content, the better it is for everyone.  If you’re not a household name and you don’t have a ton of cash to spend on a super professional and expensive marketing team, you need help, and that means that you need to be willing to help others as well.  That’s how it works.  That’s why we LIKE other people’s pages AS our page, so that we can use Facebook AS our page and scan through the News Feed to find other people’s content that we can share to help them.  That’s why we retweet other people’s content and comment on other people’s videos.

Musicians are special.  They are important.  What the talented ones bring to the world makes it a better place to live in.  But they’re not more important than the people who spend their surplus cash on buying their CDs or digital downloads and tickets to their concerts.  Musicians and their fans are a team and should treat each other with thoughtfulness and respect at all times, because without fans, you may be a musician, but you’ll be a lonely player performing for yourself in your bedroom.

 

Updated February 10, 2015

Scully Love Promo’s Best of 2012 Lists

best5listsWell, it’s that time again.

Bloggers love to make ‘Best of Lists’ at the end of each year and I don’t usually do it, but I thought, well why the heck not?  I didn’t read as many books, watch as many movies, attend as many concerts or write as many reviews this year as I have in the past, but that’s because I worked for myself full time in 2012 and when you’re self-employed, there just aren’t enough hours in the day!  However, when I do want to unwind, I turn to the things I love the most for entertainment: music, books and film.

So here are my top 5 favourite CDs, concerts, books, movies and television series that I experienced in 2012 (although they might not have been released in 2012):

Top 5 Favourite CDs of 2012Ninth

  1. Ninth by Peter Murphy (2011)
  2. Red Revelations by Jace Everett (2009)
  3. Blunderbuss by Jack White (2012)
  4. A New Season For Love by Cormac O Caoimh (2012)
  5. Sing by Maria Doyle Kennedy (2012)

Top 5 Favourite Concerts of 2012IMG_5231

  1. Bob Geldof at The Empire Theatre, Belleville, ON, Oct. 16, 2012
  2. Andy White at The Rankin Gallery, Inverary, ON, Sept. 14, 2012
  3. The Tea Party at The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON, Aug. 30, 2012
  4. Ruthie Foster at The Limestone City Blues Festival, Kingston, ON, Aug. 25, 2012
  5. Shari Ulrich at The Rankin Gallery, Inverary, ON, Jun. 4, 2012

Top 5 Favourite Books of 2012The Good Daughter

  1. The Good Daughter by Jane Porter (5 stars)
  2. My Cross To Bear by Gregg Allman (5 stars)
  3. In The Mood For Peace: The Story of the Izzy Doll by Phyllis Wheaton (4.5 stars)
  4. Whistling In The Dark by Lesley Kagen (4 stars)
  5. Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason (4 stars)

Top 5 Favourite Movies of 2012Seven Psychopaths

  1. Seven Psychopaths
  2. The Dark Knight Rises
  3. Skyfall
  4. Life of Pi
  5. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Top 5 Favourite TV Series of 2012Breaking Bad

  1. Breaking Bad (Seasons 1-4)
  2. True Blood (Season 4)
  3. Californication (Season 4)
  4. Treme (Season 2)
  5. The Game of Thrones (Season 1)

I’d love to hear what your favourites were so please leave me a comment and let me know because I’m always interested in recommendations.

We made it through another end of the world (YAHOO!) so I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all a very blessed, healthy, prosperous HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Women Who Make A Difference: Interview With Social Media Maven Christine Bode by Renee McDade

I am so honoured and grateful that my new Facebook friend, the very lovely Renee McDade who is an entrepreneur, accessory designer and lifestyle and business consultant from Athens, Georgia, as well as a news commentator, blogger & an aspiring social media marketer herself (whew, I’m tired just thinking about everything she’s doing!), decided to interview me for her blog and news network.

This is our interview and in it, I think you’ll discover a little bit more about how I think and why I do what I do.  Thank you so much Renee!!

MY INTERVIEW WITH SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN CHRISTINE BODE

Christine Bode was one of the first to catch my eye out of the numerous people that I had met on Facebook back in November of 2011. My connection with Christine made me want to learn more about her. Christine’s web site (https://scullylovepromo.wordpress.com) had such rich content that I stayed there for awhile just reading and connecting to the different links. As I read I could feel the positive energy. Her site read like a social media adventure story and I saw the workings of social media management in a whole new way. I knew at that moment that I had found a mentor and a new friend. It has been a great honor to interview Christine Bode. Her strength, brilliance and her willingness to share so much about the work she loves is what I admire about her the most.

Social Media Mavens are described as exhibiting innovation in creating and connecting online communities.  They demonstrate leadership in the field by skillfully using social tools to bring in likes, comments, tweets, etc., to deliver an unparallel level of community engagement. This truly describes Christine Bode, who has an impressive social media portfolio. Christine has worked with a wide range of musicians, bands, singer-songwriters, novelists, children’s book authors and independent business owners.

Christine Bode, Professional Social Media Manager, and Internet Promoter, is the owner of Scully Love Promo, which she started in 2008. Scully is the name of Christine’s beautiful dog (a female Goldendoodle).

The Interview with Christine Bode:

RMcDade:  Please share what’s going on with your latest project, the social media workshops.

Christine Bode:  I have just started hosting social media workshops and gave my first one last week.  It went really well and gave me the confidence to continue with them in 2012.  I hope to host at least one a month.  I will concentrate on teaching people about the sites I know the most about which include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and WordPress.

RM:  While working as a Social Media Manager for almost 4 years, please share what you see as the most repetitive need that your clients ask for help with?

CB:  My clients know that they need to have a social media marketing campaign in place but they’re not sure exactly what to do in order to make it effective.  I help them to get everything up and running, teach them how to use each site properly, and assist with expanding their audience.  My clients need someone to help them with social media because they don’t have the time to do everything that’s required to share all their content, build their network and actually run their business or create their products.

RM:  What inspires you to continue your work in Social Media in spite of the ups and downs over the years?

CB:  To be honest there haven’t been any downs.  I just started working for myself full-time late this year (I’ve always had another part-time job to help supplement my income) and the only thing that’s a bit nerve-wracking is wondering if I’ll make enough money to pay my rent & bills every month.  I love this job though and I find it very interesting because I have to keep learning more and more about social media marketing myself all the time in order to remain relevant.  I also love being my own boss and keeping my own schedule!

I started working with Facebook for one client (a British author) in 2008 and since then, every year I’ve been blessed to work with more and more interesting, talented people.  My client roster has increased significantly this year.  I’m a huge fan of the Arts, so I work primarily with musicians, authors and artists.  A couple of my clients have recommended me to a number of people so my business income doubled this year.  I love them for that!  The best thing about working in Social Media is the people that I get to work with.

RM:  Christine please share your definition of success and true wealth? For you, what is ‘enough’?

CB:  I do believe in ‘ENOUGH’ and I know that I am richer already than most of the world’s population.  I know that we can’t take cash, toys, or any other material things with us when we die and I truly believe that the most important thing in life is to spend as much quality time as possible with the people we love and to never stop learning or sharing.

Money is important insofar as we need to have our basic needs met and it’s even nice to have a little extra once in a while (I really need a vacation as I haven’t had one in 8 years so I’ll spend any extra cash that comes my way on travel when I have the chance and I confess I do buy CDs, DVDs & books regularly), but I’ve never cared about it enough to focus on “getting rich”…I couldn’t care less.  I’d rather have free time to read a good book, go to the movies or a play or concert with a friend, or just spend time in nature with my dog.

I quit a $50K per year job working for Canada’s leading entertainment lawyer in Toronto in 2004 to move back to Kingston to be closer to my family when my beloved cousin died at age 50 from prostate & bone cancer.  I realized after a two year period during which I went to 8 funerals and had several other tragic things happen in my life that all that really mattered to me was spending as much time with my family & loved ones as I can.  So I moved back toKingston where my whole family is and although finances & employment have been a constant challenge ever since, I’m not sorry that I made the move.  I enjoy every moment that I get to spend with my parents and my two sisters and their families and my close friends here to the fullest.  I don’t have the same kind of stress in my life and I knew it was time to stop watching capitalist lawyers make millions of dollars a year while their assistants made a pittance in comparison and they weren’t in the least bit grateful for how hard we worked.  It’s so true that absolute power corrupts absolutely and I don’t think that people, just because they can, need to make their services so exclusive that only a select few can afford them.  I met someone this year who taught me about being a social entrepreneur and I really admire her.

RM:  To date, what has been your most rewarding accomplishment or moment with your Social Media work?

CB:  This year has definitely been the most rewarding and some of the things I’m proud of accomplishing are: working for several Juno-nominated musicians; assisting a music publishing company in getting almost 60,000 views of a single video on YouTube in 3 months; collaborating with an author, healer & public speaker with the launching of her successful social media marketing campaign that has resulted in the sale of hundreds of copies of her book; helping the creator of a 2D animated YouTube series to get noticed by the William Morris Agency in LA & Fashion Television; and being able to provide social media assistance and online promotion to three of my favorite Irish singer-songwriters.

RM:  What advice would you give to anyone just beginning to work in Social Media as it relates to the following: finding their niche market, connecting and networking, and what kind of person do you have to be to stick with this business?

CB:  First and foremost you have to love people to work in this business.  You have to enjoy working on the computer, being sociable, and learning new things all the time.  Work with people who you admire, who move you, and who could call you their fan.  Work with people who work in businesses or industries that interest you.  Concentrate on being really good at a few things and don’t try to be all things to all people.  Don’t be afraid to set boundaries because people will try to take advantage of you.  Don’t under sell yourself (I made that mistake)!  Don’t be upset if someone deletes you as a friend online.  Be friends with people you have lots in common with.  Be open, be honest, be willing to share and don’t compromise your personal integrity for anyone.

Christine Bode lives in Kingston, Ontario

Social Media Management, Internet Promotion, Virtual Assistance, Proofreading & Editing

For more information or to contact Christine Bode:

http://www.facebook.com/christine.bode

https://scullylovepromo.wordpress.com/about/

Interview by Renee McDade/RMcDade News Network

2011 Has Been A Good Year For Scully Love Promo!

Photo by Maria Offin Photography

Like every single person I’ve worked with over the past four years as a social media manager and internet promoter, I have trouble promoting me.  It’s not natural for most of us to toot our own horn – and I’m usually quite busy tooting the horns of others – but it’s the end of the year and I am very happy to report that 2011 has been the best year so far for Scully Love Promo!

Over the past year, not only have I doubled my income, but I’ve also:

  • Worked as a social media manager and virtual assistant for several Juno-nominated musicians (as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award winner and CCMA nominee) and kept them organized and in the loop while on tour
  • Assisted a music publishing company in getting 60,000 views of a single video on YouTube in 3 months
  • Helped a Juno-winning musician reach almost 2,000 fans on Facebook in 5 months without using any paid ads or gimmicks
  • Collaborated with an author, healer & public speaker with the launching of her successful social media marketing campaign that has resulted in the sale of hundreds of copies of her book
  • Helped the creator of a 2D animated YouTube series to get noticed by the William Morris Agency in LA & Fashion Television
  • Provided social media assistance and online promotion to three of my favourite Irish singer-songwriters, including Sir Bob Geldof
  • Proofread and edited a 460 page World War II action adventure novel and created a WordPress blogging website for its author

I’ve done many other things as well, but those are some of the highlights.  I continue to learn new things about social media and online promotion, build upon my skill set, talk to and work with the nicest and most interesting people, and relish the luxury of working from home (often in my pajamas!) for clients who truly appreciate what I do for them.  This certainly beats the hell out of working for lawyers!

It is with sincerity, humility and gratitude that I thank the following people for trusting me with social media marketing, online promotion and virtual assistance this year:

Ann Vriend
Darin Steckler
Dawn James
Chris McKhool
Shari Ulrich
Sue Kenney
Lou Tucci
Dave Moore (Roadmap Music)
Brian Howald
Camille Blue Amy
Kelli Trottier
Kirsten Jones
Jennifer Gasoi
Deborah Kimmett
Philip Tennant
Glenna Green
Tim Aylesworth
Deenah Mollin
Kindah Mardam Bey
Per-Henrik Guerth
Peg Campbelton & Michele Heaney
Cheryl Hiebert
Jill Crossland & Connie Larsen
Tom Ivison
Al Rankin
Pauline Vaughan
Michelle Dickerson

It has truly been my pleasure to work with you and I look forward to collaborating further in the future!

And to all my family and friends, both online and off, thank you for LIKING those Facebook pages I’ve invited you (see www.facebook.com/pages) to, for retweeting my tweets, watching all those YouTube videos, reading my blogs, and for being the awesome people that you are!  I couldn’t do what I’m doing without you!

All my best for a fabulous & non-cataclysmic 2012,
Christine

Scully Love Promo Will Help You To Unlock The Mystery of Facebook Pages!


CONTACT
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Email: scullylovepromo@gmail.com
Website: https://scullylovepromo.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScullyLovePromo
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ScullyLovePromo
LinkedIN: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/christinebode


SCULLY LOVE PROMO WILL HELP YOU TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF FACEBOOK PAGES!

Social Media Manager Christine Bode will teach you how to spread the love about you and your business using social media marketing techniques!

KINGSTON, ON – December 6, 2011 – Christine Bode of Scully Love Promo has been working as a social media manager for almost four years, specializing in the online promotion of musicians & authors, and has recently expanded her services to include local independent business owners.

Christine is offering a series of social media workshops and will host the first, Unlock the Mystery of Facebook Pages, on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm at #1-123 York Street, Kingston, ON K7K 1R1.

Christine recently presented similar workshops at Trillium College and The Power of Women Exchange and will teach you how to unlock the mystery of Facebook pages, beginning with answering your questions about Facebook and social media marketing in general. You will then learn how to create a great Facebook page and how to run it effectively in order to meet your specific goals.

COST:             $40 per person
SPACE:           Limited to 6 participants per workshop
EQUIPMENT:   Bring your own laptop

Future workshops will teach you how to unlock the mysteries of Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn & WordPress.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT ON EVENTBRITE.COM SIMPLY CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW.

Register for Unlock The Mystery of Facebook Pages in Kingston, Ontario  on Eventbrite

Scully Love Promo’s Facebook Page Is For All Artists!

Hello everyone!

My Scully Love Promo Facebook page offers some great tips on social media as well as information about very talented musicians, authors, photographers, and other artists. In fact, all artists are invited to LIKE the page and are welcome to post links and information about their own work.

Today the Scully Love Promo page has 1,182 members and I would love to see it reach 1,200 by the end of the week. I believe in the power of networking and helping each other to spread the love about our work. There is enough room for everyone to be successful and none of us can do it alone. Especially in light of the changes made to Facebook pages and the fact that if we are not an administrator of a page, we can only share it by either posting a link on our wall or by sending a link via email to our personal friends – unless we want to pay for a Facebook ad. So we need each other more than ever! Cross promotion can be very effective and as you know, it takes a village! I encourage all page owners to LIKE other pages as their page (i.e., refer to the Manage tab in the Admin Panel at the top of your page that says Use Facebook as…in my case, Scully Love Promo) which will feature them in the LIKES box on the right side of the Timeline-style page and help to cross promote those artists or businesses that you would recommend.

The Scully Love Promo Facebook page is just one way in which I promote the talented people that I get to know. I write entertainment reviews and interviews which you are familiar with if you read this blog, for Press +1, Canada’s largest online indie entertainment magazine (it has a readership of 3 million!) and Jill Crossland’s TimeFinders – Women Writing For Women. I also write books reviews for HarperCollins Canada and Simon & Schuster and post them on Amazon, and post press releases for local theatre and music events.

Last but not least, is my Scully Love Promo social media management business. I specialize in assisting musicians and authors with their social media marketing campaigns using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MySpace and WordPress among other top sites, and have created dozens of Facebook pages for artists as well as local businesses. I am one of three administrators of the official Facebook page for Bob Geldof, the Irish musician (former leader of The Boomtown Rats), successful entrepreneur, Band AID and Live AID founder and humanitarian who was knighted by the Queen of England for his tireless fundraising & awareness efforts on behalf of Africa.

I would be honoured to help spread the love about you!

NOTE: This article was updated on March 26, 2012

Vote For Scully Love Promo in The 4th Annual Mashable Awards!

I must confess that I’m entering The 4th Annual Mashable Awards contest rather late in the game, but I thought I would give it my best shot and ask you, my readers, and anyone who has read or LIKED Scully Love Promo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScullyLovePromo where I share great tips about social media, fabulous authors, musicians and other artists, to vote for me in the category of Best Social Media Service For Small Business. All you have to do is click on the icon below and it will take you to Mashable’s Awards site. You can vote once every day for Scully Love Promo in this category. Please share this information on your Facebook page or on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., and let me know if I can vote for YOU in a different category. I will be happy to help as much as I can!

Thank you for your time and your interest in Scully Love Promo!

ONLINE TIMELINE FOR AWARDS

Nominations: September 27th to November 29th, 2010

For the 4th Annual Mashable Awards, due to popular demand, Mashable has extended the nominations period until Sunday, 11:59 PM EST, November 29th, 2010. Nominations have already begun as of September 27th, 2010.

Final 5 Voting Round: December 1st to December 15th, 2010

There will only be one round of voting this year and it will last until Sunday, 11:59 pm EST, December 15th, 2010. The nominations will be counted and verified and only the top 5 nominees in each category will move forward to the voting round.

Winner Announcements: Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at the Mashable Awards Gala

Winners will be announced at the Mashable Awards Gala, live and via web cast on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 from 8pm to 10pm PST. For details on tickets, please see our Mashable Awards Gala Events page